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Wolverine and the X-men: Alpha and Omega #1 (of 5)

This comic was an all-around disappointment, both from the perspective of a long-time reader as well as someone who's just getting into the X-men. It handles the inevitable confrontation between Kid Omega- Quentin Quire (an omega-level (for an explanation of Omega-level: http://www.comicvine.com/myvine/squares/omega-level-mutants-a-descriptive-list-part-one/87-69598/) telepath who's notable for having started a riot a few years back in the New X-men series while the school in Westchester was still called Xavier's, as well as being a very brief (and ultimately ineffectual) host of the phoenix force)- and Wolverine. See, when Wolverine decided to leave Utopia, he somehow inexplicably managed to abduct Quire and bring him along to the school he decided to found- the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning.
Yes, he named the school after Jean Grey, the dead wife of the Cyclops, also known as the guy Wolverine just started a huge feud with. Because Wolverine is nothing if not classy.
So this confrontation has been a long time coming- not only because of Quire's abduction, but also because Wolverine still holds a grudge from back when Quire managed to telepathically incapacitate in like half a second back at the aforementioned riot. Ignoring the fact that their personalities and roles are ultimately destined to clash, the two basically have bad blood between them.

New readers may find themselves confused as to who the hell the kid in the pink mohawk (Quire) is and why he's such an annoying little brat, and will be even more confused if they continue reading X-men comics and run accross Quire's other appearances, in which he behaves very differently, to say the least.
Long-time fans could find the inconsistent characterization frustrating, but there's always a chance that they may be delighted by the inclusion of Amor (Hisako Ichiki) in this title, as she's been rather absent from X-titles for some time now.
As a whole, the comic itself is sub-par. The art is a bit nicer than usual (at least it's not the horrible art from most of Dark Reign), which is always a plus. In terms of writing, the comic falls flat- not only for it's inconsistencies, but for the fact that the pacing leaves a lot to be desired and the dialogue feels forced in places. Many of the events are abrupt, poorly described and kind of passed over, leaving us with about 2+ pages of Quire walking around the school soliloquizing about how all the other students are 'sheep'. The author employs irritating cliches in an attempt to show character depth, which is just bad form.

In conclusion, save your time and money by giving this comic a miss.

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